New Steps at Eaton Camp

Building the new stairs at Eaton Camp

I’m happy to report that work has begun by the National Trust on improving access to Eaton camp.  Some months ago plans were drafted for a wooden stair with handrail and self-closing gate off the footpath on the Cage Brook side of the hill fort.  English Heritage approval was required before construction, as well as having an archaeologist on site to monitor and record the results of digging post holes .  Work began on Saturday, 2nd July.  Jeremy Milln is in charge of overall construction on behalf of the National Trust, and our own Chris Atkinson was there to help with digging as well as recording any archaeology.  I’m sorry to report there were no archaeology finds in the two post holes, but there was some evident soil stratification.

Jeremy assures me that the structure will be completed in time for the Guided Walk of Eaton Camp on Sunday 10th July. Just a reminder that it starts at 2:00 from the Eaton Bishop Village Hall.  Parking to the rear of the Hall.  Refreshments will be available at Tuck Mill in support of the Eaton Camp Historical Society.  Please don’t bring dogs, even those on a lead.  I’ve been advised that there is a white cow in the herd at the hill fort that is aggressive towards dogs of any kind.  While the local farmer is very cooperative, we can’t guarantee that the cows may not be grazing in some part of the National Trust property.  Humans, however, should have no problem.  Hopefully, see you there.

Nancy

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One Response to New Steps at Eaton Camp

  1. Jeremy Milln says:

    As of today the 7th July the new access into Eaton Camp is ready for use. It comprises 10 steps quartered from an oak from the National Trust’s Brockhampton Estate and a cleft paling fence and gate converted from locally sourced coppice sweet chestnut. The steps handrail and gate self-closing mechanism will be added shortly. I am grateful to Toby Allen of Say it with Wood, see http://www.sayitwithwood.co.uk/ and to Chris Atkinson, Herefordshire Archaeology’s Community Archaeologist for their help. Jeremy Milln

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